Dirk Steuerwald

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Although understanding of the olfactory system has progressed at the level of downstream receptor signaling and the wiring of olfactory neurons, the system remains poorly understood at the molecular level of the receptors and their interaction with and recognition of odorant ligands. The structure and functional mechanisms of these receptors still remain a(More)
High-level production of membrane proteins, particularly of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in heterologous cell systems encounters a number of difficulties from their inherent hydrophobicity in their transmembrane domains, which frequently cause protein aggregation and cytotoxicity and thus reduce the protein yield. Recent advances in cell-free protein(More)
A recombinant plasmid, designated pUC1002, was constructed by ligation of a HindIII restriction endonuclease fragment of Escherichia coli chromosomal DNA to vector plasmid pMB9. Strains carrying this plasmid were selected by transformation of an E. coli strain bearing the xyl-7 mutation to a xylose-positive (Xyl+) phenotype. Strains containing pUC1002(More)
Nanoshuttles powered by the molecular motor kinesin have the potential to capture and concentrate rare molecules from solution as well as to transport, sort and assemble them in a high-throughput manner. One long-thought-of goal has been the realisation of a molecular assembly line with nanoshuttles as workhorses. To harness them for this purpose might(More)
(video 2): Kinesin-propelled nanoshuttles sequentially load up cargo. Nanoshuttles (red) pass first through the NA-cargo loading stream (green) and then the DNA-cargo loading stream (blue) and capture the respective cargo as visualized by a time lapse sequence of confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) images (40 times accelerated video, 4 frames per(More)
An important prerequisite for molecular shuttle-based functional devices is the development of adequate linker chemistries to load and transport versatile cargoes. Copper-free "click chemistry" has not been applied before to covalently load cargo onto molecular shuttles propelled by biological motors such as kinesin. Due to the high biocompatibility and(More)
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